Biotech and Pharmaceuticals Medicine


  • Mylan Parts Ways With PR Tradition Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 | 9:53 AM ET
    Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters

    Usually when a company announces an executive departure the news comes out in a press release with a header along the lines of , "So-and-so to retire, search begins for successor," or, "XYZ Corp. CEO resigns, interim CEO appointed," etc.

  • The Qnexa Question Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 5:22 PM ET

    Some analysts had been telling clients recently that they thought Vivus' diet drug Qnexa could take the lead in the three-contestant race to get the next prescription diet pill on the market. But they didn't think it would take such a commanding lead.

  • The Roche Management Merry-Go-Round Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 9:40 AM ET

    Talk about a short tenure. Only eight months after Roche installed him as CEO of Genentech, Pascal Soriot is moving on (up?) to become COO of Roche's Pharma Division.

  • Pfizer's Big News. Or Is It? Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 2:17 PM ET

    Lost in the coverage of the Pfizer-Wyeth deal that day, but nonetheless disclosed in the company's simultaneous earnings release back on January 26th of this year, PFE revealed it had taken a $2.3 billion charge for a pending settlement over marketing.

  • Cancer Drugs Mean Big Profits, Big Risks for Big Pharma Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 1:51 PM ET
    Big Pharma

    Virtually every large pharmaceutical company seems to have discovered cancer, and a substantial portion of the smaller biotechnology companies are focused on it as well. Together, the companies are pouring billions of dollars into developing cancer drugs.

  • Analyst Says Lilly's A Loser Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 8:55 AM ET

    After a long delay, Eli Lilly finally launched its new bloodthinner Effient just this month. But analysts are already buzzing about what's next.

  • Chadwick: Rationing Health Care is Scary Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 1:50 PM ET

    Reading Betsy McCaughey’s op-ed article in today’s Wall Street Journal, I understand fully why the elderly are so scared about the possibility of a nationalized health care system.

  • Glaxo Comes To The Defense Of Its alli Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 9:52 AM ET

    British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is trying to keep from having to tighten its belt over new safety concerns with its weightloss pill, alli

  • Real Choice? It's Off Limits in Most Health-Care Bills Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 8:22 AM ET

    Real choice is not part of the bills moving through the Democratic-led Congress; even if the much-debated government-run insurance plan was created, it would not be available to most people who already have coverage.

  • Novartis Attackers Hold Ashes Hostage Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 10:02 AM ET
    Graveyard that contains the family graves of Daniel Vasella, CEO/Chairman of Novartis.

    Am I missing something? Or is this not the way to go about advancing your cause?

  • Senator Moves to Block Medical Ghostwriting Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | 12:27 PM ET
    Senator Charles Grassley

    A growing body of evidence suggests that doctors at some of the nation’s top medical schools have been attaching their names and lending their reputations to scientific papers that were drafted by ghostwriters working for drug companies - articles that were carefully calibrated to help the manufacturers sell more products.

  • Diabetes Case Shows Pitfalls of Treatment Rules Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | 11:32 AM ET

    It sounds like a simple idea for improving health care: draw up guidelines on how best to treat a particular illness and then pay doctors to follow them. That strategy, which some insurers and health plans already employ, has been embraced during the health care debate by some lawmakers in Congress who want to extend it more broadly.

  • On Gaining Access To Drugs & To Pfizer's CEO Friday, 14 Aug 2009 | 10:00 AM ET

    Before I go on vacation for a week I wanted to close the loop and offer some random thoughts on a few things.

  • The FDAA: Food Drug & Accounting Administration Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 12:18 PM ET

    Amid the ongoing healthcare reform brouhaha, pharma stocks are getting buffeted.

  • Regis Rages Against Pfizer Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 12:47 PM ET
    USC football

    OK. I have to put aside the fact that he went to Notre Dame and is a diehard Fighting Irish fan (Go 'SC!), but Regis' trademark rant against Pfizer on "Fast Money" yesterday is too good not to blog it.

  • Dendreon: From Data To A Deal? Tuesday, 11 Aug 2009 | 3:35 PM ET

    For years the Dendreon saga was centered around the controversy over whether its prostate cancer treatment worked or not. Well, now that we know the answer to that question the focus has turned to potential FDA approval of the therapeutic vaccine and the company's ability to make it and master the unique treatment process.

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    The House version of a Health Care overhaul bill will not stand up well in the August heat. It makes for scary reading and if the powers that be could have muscled it through it wouldn't be hanging in the wind for all of us to take shots at it. But there it is and it makes for head scratching moments. My friend, Sydney Williams, who writes one of the best investment letters I get to read, passed along some highlights that were extracted by a buddy of his, Peter Fleckenstein.

  • Avanir's Not A Laughing Stock Tuesday, 11 Aug 2009 | 10:31 AM ET

    I know it's trite and cliche, but I learn something new almost every day on this beat. Take pseudobulbar affect. I'd never heard of it before. I had to Google it when I got a press release late yesterday announcing that Avanir Pharmaceuticals was going to unveil late-stage test results on a drug for it this morning.

  • Pee Is For Pharma, Pfizer & Profits Monday, 10 Aug 2009 | 3:02 PM ET
    Pharma Stocks

    Critics have been saying for years that big pharma's been pi..., er, throwing away money on relatively unproductive research and development of new drugs. But a new study shows urine could eventually provide a new revenue stream.

  • Chadwick: What's Really Taboo on Capitol Hill Monday, 10 Aug 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    Remember 1993 and health care?  It was doomed because Americans did not want Big Government running one more part of their lives.  Why?  Because Government doesn’t do things very well – it’s as simple as that.